Best Hub Best Infolady Award Ceremony
The Infoladies have been providing service to different classes of people especially among the marginalised poor of the rural areas from the very onset of their programme. Dnet has been spreading information about the RTI Act 2009 across the cross section of society through its network of Infoladies. It was decided to reward those Infoladies and Hub who excelled in their work. It was with that purpose in mind that the six hubs and 50 Infoladies were brought under a competitive scheme between January 2014 and March 2015.
Dnet held a programme to recognise the best hub and best Infolady on November 4 at its office in Mohammadpur. Manusher Jonno Foundation Executive Director Shaeen Anam was present as chief guest and Dnet Chief Executive Officer Ananya Raihan was present as special guest. Besides Manusher Jonno Deputy Programme Manager, Mohammad Iftekhar Hossain, Infolady Social Entrepreneurship Programme’s Manager/ Head Sk. Masudur Rahman and Dnet senior officials were also present at the programme.
The event kicked off with the screening of a short documentary in memory of late Farzana Nayeem and Umme Salma. Followed by a minute’s silence in memory of the coordinator of Manusher Jonno Foundation’s Governance wing, Arif Hossain Khan.
The actual award giving ceremony was presided by Shaheen Anam and Ananya Raihan which recognised 6 Infoladies and 2 hubs.
Beauty Khatun, after receiving the prize of the best Infolady, said, “All my hard work has come to bear fruit today. I had come across obstacles from the community and family but they never kept me from working. This prize will only strengthen my resolve.”
Kuptola Mohila Unnayan Sangstha (KMUS) won the award of the best hub. KMUS Executive Director Hasna Banu commended the work of Infoladies and their initiatives. She said this prize would help advance and inspire the Infolady programme at Bogra’s Shariakandi.
Anannya Raihan paid tribute to the Mobile Lady Umme Salma and Director of Manusher Jonno Foundation Farzana Nayeem.
Chief guest Shaheen Anam praised the infoladies for braving the challenges of everyday life and ploughing ahead despite the odds. She said women were still considered burdens in our society. The infoladies must also work towards preventing early marriage if only to strengthen women’s empowerment. She stressed on increasing the number of Infoladies through the country.
The event was organised to encourage and commend infoladies for their work and further expand their services and becoming more sincere in the future. The main goal of this competition was basically to encourage women entrepreneurs.